The Student-Blaming Has Begun

First came the reprimand: More than 100 first-year students who had gathered in Syracuse University’s quad (above), many without masks, to mingle with new friends on a warm August night had been selfish and reckless. If the university were forced to retreat to an online semester, the blame was on the students, the vice chancellor wrote.Then, the sanctions dropped. Twenty-three students, many identified by security-camera footage, were issued interim suspensions for violating Covid-19 health and safety rules.“We will not tolerate anyone putting the health, safety, and well-being of our campus and the Syracuse community at risk,” the university’s public-safety chief,
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